LITHIA, FL — Two local parents say an Apple Watch they got for her their daughter during Christmas saved her life.

Notifications about Deanna Recktenwald’s heart rate led to a hospital visit, just in time to pick up a major issue with her kidneys.

Their experience has sparked a conversation about the benefits of the Apple Watch and other fitness tracking devices.

“Had it not been for the watch that her heart rate was up, we would never have known there was a kidney issue, which she has been mainly treated for,” said Tom Recktenwald, her father.

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